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Pricing Management in a Down Economy -- Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series expanded on some of TEC's earlier articles about companies' need for better pricing management and optimization practices. It also

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ERP for Distribution Industries

Enterprise resource planning (ERP)—distribution software is designed for companies in the distribution and logistics industries. Traditional distribution businesses focus on moving goods through a supply chain, and the distribution software market has developed products to meet these needs. The software solutions developed for ERP for distribution includes functionality for supply chain management (SCM), distribution process management (DPM), and retail and commerce.  

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Capitalizing on Advanced Inventory Management


Today’s distributors have an opportunity to drive performance to new levels by investing in advanced inventory management. These companies can expect to increase inventory visibility while driving down inventory costs. Learn how these kinds of inventory management initiatives can help your company strengthen customer relationships, bargain for better terms with suppliers, and generate more profitable growth.

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TEC 2013 Supply Chain Management Buyer’s Guide


This buyer’s guide provides an overview of supply chain management (SCM), including an in-depth look at the major issues affecting the supply chain today, and explains how SCM software can fulfill these needs. The guide also takes a broad look at major nextgeneration technology trends and how they are affecting SCM solutions.

This SCM buyer’s guide features a special report on the wholesale distribution industry, with an examination of the challenges facing this industry, and the innovation and technology that are driving change.

The buyer’s guide further presents a breakdown of standard SCM product functionality and details how a select list of vendors supports those requirements, whether through enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, SCM suites, or best-of-breed solutions.

Lastly, the guide presents a range of real-life case studies that highlight customer successes and thought leadership about relevant SCM issues and challenges and the solutions vendors in this space are offering to address them.

When you evaluate solutions, you need to perform due diligence to ensure that the solution you purchase will meet the specific needs of your organization. We invite you to use TEC Advisor, TEC’s software evaluation tool, to compare a select number of the vendors discussed in this guide, and perform your own detailed analysis of potential SCM solutions for your organization.



Table of Contents


Preface

About this Guide

Four Major Supply Chain Issues

Next-generation Supply Chain Technologies

Supply Chain Solution Capabilities

Top-tier ERP Vendors

Top-tier Supply Chain Suite Vendors

Best-of-breed Supply Chain Vendors


Drivers, Challenges, and Innovations in Wholesale Distribution

TEC Resources for Supply Chain Management

TEC Selection Project

Distributor of Auto Parts Completes Its Software Selection in Record Time and Saves 50 Percent on Its Estimated Investment


Casebook

Aptean Customer Success Story: Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory Slashes Daily Planning and Scheduling Effort by 77% Using Ross APS

E2open Customer Success Story: Collaborative Execution and Rapid Resolutions: Motorola Solutions Partners with E2open to Develop a Customer-driven Trading Network

PROACTIS Customer Success Story: The Government of Barbados Modernizes Its National Procurement System with PROACTIS

SAP Customer Success Story: Conair Improving Work Order Collaboration to Reduce Cost

SAP Customer Success Story: SCM Express Service From SAP Consulting Sets Up SAP APO for Delivery Date Accuracy

ToolsGroup Customer Success Story: Cipla Medpro Pharmaceutical

Kinaxis Thought Leadership: S&OP for Business Orchestration—Four Capability Requirements for Making the Transformation


Vendor Directory


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Four Major Supply Chain Issues



We here at TEC are continually talking to clients about their supply chain needs and how they are using software, technology, and best practices to manage multiple forces and pressures in their supply chains and enhance their processing, manufacturing, and distribution operations. In the course of talking to end users, software and technology vendors, consultants, and other industry parties, we are hearing about a wide range of challenging issues and pressures specific to supply chain functioning.

For the TEC 2013 Supply Chain Buyer’s Guide, we chose to highlight four issues that we see as particularly prominent and having the greatest impact on the supply chain operations of our clients:

    1. The rise of the real-time supply chain

    2. The inexorable rise in supply chain complexity

    3. Risk management

    4. Logistics—everything is moving faster

The quickening pace of business events is bringing to the forefront once again, and perhaps more urgently than before, the need for a “real-time supply chain.” While this idea and concept has been talked about for some 10–15 years, the increasing pace of business—as evidenced by the explosion of information, the proliferating number of mobile devices, and the amazing increase in connectivity and “connectedness” in recent years—is highlighting the drawbacks of linear, sequential supply chain processes that were designed for another era.

Companies today are trying to cope with more complex multi-tiered networks, more products with shorter product life cycles, more compliance and governmental regulations, and often more competition. The solutions to supply chain complexity are often complex themselves. One of the aims of this guide is to help you examine the factors contributing to supply chain complexity and identify ways that you can use current tools and technologies to accelerate the supply chain cycle and thus better manage your business.


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ChainDrive


ChainDrive is an integrated retail management system that helps provide users with end-to-end control over business processes and real-time, shared access to valuable data and analytical tools. The system's components leverage a centralized database, helping to improve the flow of information through organizations and empower users to make decisions that can result in streamlined operations, increased productivity, and ultimately a more profitable enterprise.ChainDrive combines industry best practices with functionality. Its infrastructure is designed to adapt to users' changing requirements while providing the necessities of managing business today, for both present and future endeavors. Modules cover point of sale, operations, integrated accounting, merchandising, product management, planning, warehouse, wholesale, and analytics. Multidev also provides the services and skills of retail industry experts dedicated to the successful implementation of ChainDrive, and a client-care team with customized training to ensure clients continued sucess and satisfaction with the product.

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Three Steps to Strategic Planning Excellence in Wholesale Distribution Companies


A strategic planning process is critical for distribution companies. Not unlike personal financial planning, distribution executives have to select the best investments needed now to create profitable growth in the future. If you fail to make the right commitments at the right time, you will miss opportunities and increase your risk. This paper outlines a set of core analytics customized for wholesaler distributors.

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TradeStone Software Delivers Omni-costing Capabilities


TradeStone Software, a provider of merchandise lifecycle management (MLM) solutions that unify the design, sourcing, ordering, and delivery of retail goods, has announced the release of Dynamic Omni-Costing. Most product lifecycle management (PLM) systems are rudimentary in terms of product costing, as typically there is only a first cost estimate and possibly a cost broken down by the bill of

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NetSuite Develops Healthy Following among Natural Products Companies


NetSuite Inc., a provider of cloud-based financials and enterprise resource planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce solutions, announced continued strong momentum in the vibrant natural products industry. NetSuite is providing companies in the natural products industry the business agility to rapidly launch new product lines and expand into new markets and sales channels, while curbing IT costs.

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Laurier CIM Group


Group Laurier’s team of distribution consulting experts has provided Canadian wholesale distributors with leading distribution software technology and exceptional service for over 20 years. Group Laurier supports Infor10 Distribution (SX.enterprise), a full set of ERP modules designed to meet the ever changing needs of a wholesale distributor. The combination of Infor10 Distribution and Laurier’s team of distribution consulting experts will lead your company to the next level. 

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Future Trends in Wholesale Distribution—Part 1: Disruptive Innovations


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Sage 100 ERP Online


Sage 100 ERP Online (formerly Sage ERP MAS 90 Online) is an enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution that offers a range of functionality for: Core accounting E-commerce Business intelligence (BI) Human resources (HR) and payroll Customer relationship management (CRM) Financial reporting Sage 100 ERP Online core accounting modules include accounts payable (AP), accounts receivable (AR), bank reconciliation, fixed asset accounting (FAS), general ledger (GL), and magnetic media reporting. Project management, manufacturing, and wholesale distribution functionality can help companies automate key processes related to inventory management, bill of materials (BOM), and job costing. Sage 100 ERP Online offers platform flexibility as well as three built-in report writers.

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Vendor Snapshot: NetSuite at the TEC Vendor Challenge


NetSuite will be one of the participating vendors at the upcoming 2013 TEC Vendor Challenge – ERP for Distribution event in Montreal. Wholesale distribution is one of the oldest and largest verticals of focus for the cloud vendor, with customers numbering in the thousands. NetSuite was founded with the notion of providing customers with a single, integrated suite to run their entire business. It

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